https://www.velonews.com/news/road/...l-lopez-loaded-with-promise-and-complexities/You forgot about this entire thing from 2019 Vuelta?
Valverde has a lot of say in that team and Mas is being handed the keys to the team. Lopez will never get those for multiple reasons including the simple fact he's not a Spaniard. A Spaniard will always be the top leader in that team and currently that is Valverde who has started to hand that over to Mas. It's also fairly well known that Valverde is part of Mr Unzue's inner circle.
Will Lopez be a GC leader, yes, but he'll never be the team leader there.
I guess I will just say this and leave it alone. I find it interesting that you are the only one that seems to say these things, especially the comments about Valverde and his importance. That cycling media and journalists that are paid to find scoops and angles to help their sites and publications stand apart somehow keep missing that the whole Movistar setup actually revolves around Valverde, who personally selects and anoints the leader of the next generation seems implausible. I get that he has been a key rider for them and is one of their road captains as he heads toward retirement after a successful career. Some of this just comes off as over the top and bit of big stretch though. Moving on....